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The Challenges of Drilling for Water in Colorado

Summary: Colorado has its own unique set of challenges when it comes to drilling a water well.

The quest for water has always been a vitally important one. However, drilling for water has its own set of challenges. Thankfully these challenges are easily and effectively resolved through a qualified water finding company if you live in Colorado.

Here is what Colorado residents need to know before they call in the well drillers.

Water is not Unlimited

Colorado’s underground water is supplied by four major aquifers. These aquifers are accessed by drilled wells.  As more and more wells are drilled, the water supply is being used faster than it can be replenished. This dropping underground water level makes it more challenging to locate a constant water supply on the first drill. Drilling multiple wells becomes very costly, time consuming and even dangerous to the underground aquifer. The Denver Basin aquifer, for example, supplies four aquifers, which is a major source of water for South Metro Denver. Each of these aquifers vary in depth and supply. The water in the lowest level of some of the deeper aquifers is estimated to be over 50 million years old.

Conservation Laws are In Effect

The well-known High Plains Aquifer is replenished by precipitation. It is a highly used aquifer that sees a significant water level drop when precipitation levels are low. Conservation methods have been put into place to reduce the damage done to this aquifer. If you have a well that feeds from this aquifer, you may be subject to a reduced water flow during the dry season.

What’s in your Water

When an underground water level drops, different minerals and contaminants are introduced into the water supply. A low water table will have concentrated levels of minerals or even new minerals that are released at lower ground levels. In addition to this, some aquifers are supplied by surface water. A sudden rainfall or water increase above ground will increase contaminates that seep into the ground and into your water supply. Being close to an industrial area, agricultural area or even near to public wells will affect the quality of your water. History also plays a part in your water as previous gas stations or agricultural grounds may still have contaminates that are feeding into your water supply.

Drilling for water in Colorado brings up a unique set of challenges. Not knowing where to drill will cost you time and money. Avoided the hassles by knowing where to drill, before you start. At American Water Surveyors, we specialize in these situations. We use our state-of-the-art equipment, combined with our specialized knowledge to give you specific information on exactly where to drill. Before you drill, talk to us. One call can save you money in avoiding dry well or non-compliant drilling, and will ensure that both your family and future generations have water for the lifetime of your well.

July 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm Comments (0)

Advancements in Water Finding Technology

Summary: A brief history of water finding methods shows that in the past, they have been more about faith and need, rather than science. This article discusses why we have believed some methods that never really provided relevant information.

Water is essential and without it, we cannot sustain life on our planet. It is so essential to life that today’s scientists and space explorers know to look for water before they look for life. In fact, whenever man wanted to expand his horizons beyond where they knew, they begin by searching for water. If it is not obvious above ground, we have searched and drilled below ground, with a fair amount of success. For a thousand years or more, we had no proven method, until our technology caught up.

The main thing about searching for water is that it can be expensive, and time consuming. It can also be damaging to the land to continuously drill and not go deep enough, or to just miss the water, or to have the water be inadequate when it is found. People have always tried to make this process a little bit easier by trying to drill for water where the water is, which means having a pretty good idea of its location breaking the ground.

One of the oldest methods was divining, also known as water witching, or dowsing. That method has always been controversial since it seems to work now and then, but there is no scientific evidence behind it. The skeptic’s explanation is that there is enough water underground for it to work most of the time. Another reasonable explanation is that the muscles in the arms of the diviner become tired especially after carrying the Y-shaped stick in an uncomfortable way. Often, the presence of water can be reasonably assumed by the type of vegetation growing above ground.

What cannot be assumed however, even if the prediction of water turns out to be accurate, is the amount of water underground and how deep the source may be. So without any scientific evidence to support dowsing, and without any specific information on quantity or quality, why do people continue to use it? Because water drilling is costly and it gives a bit of comfort to have at least a best guess before drilling. Fortunately, because it continued to be important, human beings have continued to look for better methods for finding the water, and better technology for bringing it out of the ground.

American Water Surveyors uses one of these methods, designed for the twenty-first century, not the fourteenth. We use computer software, seismoelectric pulses, cables and electrodes, all of which fits nicely on the back of a pickup truck. Get a groundwater survey down before you drill. The equipment sends signals into the ground that return detailed information on the presence of water. More than that, however, the survey can also give details about the amount of water, the speed of the flow and the years that it will last. There is no better way to be sure of finding water before you start to drill.

Call American Water Surveyors and find out about our method of finding water before you call in the drillers. We can save you a lot of money since you won’t drill a dry well, and we give a logical, and scientific explanation for where your water is located.

July 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm Comments (0)

Finding Water Before you Drill a Well in Kansas

If you are interested in drilling a well in Kansas, it is important to know the best place to drill, before you begin. Doing the proper research before you begin can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars saved. With the techniques used by American Water Surveyors, you can determine the depth and yield before you even begin to drill. The only other way to drill is to simply hire someone to dig, without first taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you hit water. When you pay someone to drill a water well, they are paid by the foot as they dig, regardless of whether or not they actually hit water. It is only by planning ahead that you can avoid spending money on a well that will not even yield you the water that you are seeking. American Water Surveyors will find water for you, before you begin to dig. Our service costs much less than it would cost to drill a series of test wells or dry wells, in an attempt to find water.

Finding Water Before Drilling

Drilling for fresh ground water can be an expensive, uncertain and time-consuming process. By planning before you dig, it can lessen some of the confusion surrounding this ordeal. If you are trying to dig a water well in Kansas, American Water Surveyors can conduct an affordable groundwater survey on your property. Using advanced seismoelectric survey instruments allows us to detect water, including the depth and the anticipated yield of the water that we discover.

Geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all used to determine the best areas for drilling. Seismic exploration allows surveyors to see the fluids within rock and soil, which greatly reduces drilling expenses, as compared to other methods of exploration.

The GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument is one of the tools used in the exploration of groundwater sources. This instrument is designed to detect electrical signals, which are generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. It is very portable, allowing American Water Surveyors to transport this unit to any location in which it is required. The efficiency of this machine allows one operator to survey up to 20 sites in a single day. Even the depth from which the signals come from can be estimated, as well as the quality of the aquifer. By using this tool, along with a seismic source, ground water can easily be discovered. The seismic source uses sound pulses to move through porous and permeable aquifers, as the pore water moves relative to the rock matrix. Using this technology, surveyors are able to collect information regarding the depth, thickness and quality of the aquifer, thus allowing them to estimate the water yield resulting from drilling in this location.

Contact American Water Surveyors

Contact us today and get a quote. Simply by comparing the cost of drilling one dry well to the cost of using our services will prove to you that it is smarter and more affordable to plan ahead. Drilling a well will inevitably cost you money, whether or not you actually hit water. By choosing our services instead, you are guaranteed to find water, with the depth and yield that you need to sustain this water source.

June 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm Comments (0)

Finding Water Before you Drill in Oklahoma

Drilling a groundwater well takes both skill and knowledge. Not just knowledge of the equipment being used, but also knowledge of the area and the signs of where to look for a successful well site.

Simple signs such as permanent vegetation in an otherwise barren area can indicate a water source not far underground. Regardless of if you are paying for a well to be dug or are digging it yourself, you can save both time and money by knowing where to successfully drill your well on the first attempt.


Even though wells are now tapped directly to your home, the closer your well is to your home, the more convenient it will be for you. This being said, there are still certain distances a well needs to be away from a building. Convenience becomes even more necessary for standalone wells that will be manually operated. If you are drilling a well for livestock or agriculture, you will want your well located within a reasonable distance from where you need to water supply to be used. There is a fine balance between placing a well in a convenient location and still having it drilled directly into a good water supply.


Surface contamination has a big effect on underground water resources. While the ground does act as a natural filter, factors such contaminants or changes in rainfall will affect both the quality and the taste of the water from your well. Agriculture feedlots and industrial buildings contain large amounts of contaminants that mix with rainwater. These contaminants soak into the ground, entering the underground aquifers and your well water. Even outhouses or other drilled wells can pose a risk to purity of your water. Certain steps can be taken to minimize contamination risks by carefully positioning the drilled wells around these types of hazards.


The type of aquifer that you will be drilling into will determine how well your water supply will work. Some aquifers will dry up in during certain times of the year, which will result in a non-productive well. It is extremely important to know the type of rock the aquifer is made of and the history of the water supply running through it. A good well would be drilled directly in an aquifer that has a consistent and full supply of water.

Knowing where to drill a groundwater well is just as important as knowing how to drill it. By having the knowledge of the water beneath you, you minimize the risk and extra expense of a failed or dry well.

At American Water Surveyors, we specialize in finding water. This knowledge about your water supply will help ensure that your well is drilled properly, the first time. Our advanced equipment helps to quickly and efficiently locate the best possible areas for you to drill. wefindwater.com

May 31, 2017 at 11:17 am Comments (0)

The Benefits of a Water Finding Company

When it comes to finding water, we have come a long way as a society. We used to rely on fairly primitive technology, even up until a few decades ago, but the modern water finding company is transforming this important practice. If you cannot connect to a local water supply and need to find a clean, safe and reliable water source on your land, you need to call a professional water finding company. Here are just a few reasons why they can help you find the water you need.

  1. They Have the Latest Technology

When it comes to finding water hidden deep underground, the best water finding companies use the latest technology. While holding a stick out and “divining” water may have been popular a few hundred years ago, today, water finding companies use sound waves and electronic pulses to discover water underground. With their technology, they can send pulses deep underground and read what is underneath your feet, and when they discover a source of water, they can determine its size and reliability without digging up your land.

Many of the best water finding companies are using the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument. It has better, more accurate readings than most comparable equipment, and it’s portable, making it ideal for rural projects.

  1. They Can Save Your Land

Speaking of the latest water finding technology, it also helps reduce the amount of digging required to find water on your land. As a result, your land won’t be dug up repeatedly in the hopes that water will be discovered. Instead, the well drillers will know exactly where to dig without having to drill dry wells or exploratory holes.

  1. They Will Save You Money

With less digging, your land will not only stay more picturesque, it will also help you save money. Less digging means less labor and, as a result, less money out of your pocket spent on possible water sources. Thanks to the latest technology, water finding companies are actually reducing their costs and increasing their efficiency, helping more people find the water supplies they need for much less money than even a few years ago.

  1. The Sources are Often More Reliable

Thanks to modern water finding techniques, the underground sources being discovered are often of a higher quality and reliability than older sources. That means your water well could last longer and provide a cleaner, safer supply than what was possible as little as a decade ago.

At the end of the day, water finding companies can help you discover a clean, reliable source of water on your land. They can do it quickly, efficiently, with little intrusion on your property, and at a much lower cost than you may imagine. If you cannot connect to a local water supply and are in need of water on your land, then be sure to call an experienced water finding company. They can help you find the right source that will meet your needs, and exceed your expectations.

May 19, 2017 at 7:52 am Comments (0)

What to Know Before you Drill for Water in Nebraska

Water drilling regulations vary by State. It is important that you are familiar with the drilling regulations for your local area. Failure to follow these regulations can result in hefty fines and penalties. Not knowing your local regulations prior to drilling will not be taken into account if you are being penalized.

Nebraska contains the largest aquifer in the United States. The Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, covers almost all of the underground surface of Nebraska, as well as portions of another seven states. This well-used aquifer provides ground water to over 80 percent of the population living in the High Plains area. Drilling regulations for this aquifer must be adhered too, to both monitor and preserve the use of this valuable resource.

If you drill for water in the State of Nebraska, you are required to register your well. Registration information includes, but is not limited to, well depth, well location and ground sediment. Well contractors are responsible for registering any ground water wells that they dig. Private property well owners are responsible for registering any wells dug on their land prior to 1993 that had not been registered. Wells must be dug at least 600 feet away from any well owned by another private owner. Wells must be at least 1,000 feet away from commercial or industrial wells or public water supply.

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources keeps an updated database of wells. The database is available for public use. If you need information on your well, this is a great place to start. Any changes to wells, including change of ownership, once registered, must be updated with the Department of Natural Resources by writing. The fees collected from well registration go towards a cost sharing program for decommissioning ground water wells.

In addition to drilling regulations, there are requirements for the well itself. The Well Water Standards program provides onsite well inspections for compliance with drilled water wells. There is a strict standard of materials and drilling processes that must be followed for both the safety of the contractors and the land owners, as well as the protection of the surrounding environment. Well material requirements must be known and followed in order for compliance to be achieved.

Keeping informed of the drilling and well requirements can be a full time job. Knowing where to drill, how to drill and what papers to file can be a daunting process before the drilling even commences. This is a job best left to those that do it for a living. At American Water Surveyors, we specialize in locating underground water and showing the best areas to drill. Before you drill, contact us for our specialized water finding services. We can help make this daunting task a simple and easy process.

May 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm Comments (0)

The Ins and Out of Water Well Drilling in Colorado (and why you need to know where the water is before you drill)

When you are drilling water wells in Colorado, it is important to know where the water is before you drill. Knowing the depth and yield before you drill a water well can save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. When you hire someone to drill a water well for you, they will get paid by the foot as they drill. This money is earned whether they hit water or not! At American Water Surveyors, we are a water finding service that costs far less than drilling test wells or dry wells, and we pride ourselves on being a premier service provider in the water finding industry.

How We Find Water

Using the world’s leading edge technology to measure groundwater depths and yields, we are able to find water in Colorado, before digging any costly wells. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second. In the past, the only ways that were thought to be effective methods of finding water were those that employed the use of a “water witch” or “dowser”. This process involves an individual holding a Y-shaped twig or metal rods held in both hands with a single branch facing outwards. This individual walks over the ground where the water is most likely to be found, and if the twig wavers or drops down, the water source is reputed to be below. These people were simply magicians who claimed to have some kind of divine powers of determining where to drill at a particular location. Even in modern times, this may be one of the only forms of magic still trusted by large proportions of the adult population, although there is no proof that such methods actually work. Our methods for locating groundwater supplies in advance of drilling is purely based on physics, not magic, and these methods have a proven track record of success.

Finding Groundwater in Colorado

Drilling for fresh water can be a very time consuming and expensive process. Before partaking in any costly drilling that runs the risk of producing zero results, call American Water Surveyors to find the perfect location to drill the water well you need. We will conduct an affordable groundwater survey on your property before you drill. You need to know where the water is before you drill, to avoid any costly mistakes including drilling a well where there is no reliable source of water available. Today’s highly technological practices of finding groundwater sources are much more credible than water dowsing. Using portable discovery and drilling equipment, including advanced seismic exploration instruments, we are able to see the fluids in rock and soil. Our method detects water in a reliable manner, and is also able to gauge the depth and anticipated yield of the water sources found. Geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all used when determining the best locations to begin the drilling process. We will travel anywhere in the United States to assist our clients, including Colorado! If you would like to dig your next water well with confidence, contact us today to learn more!

April 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm Comments (0)

Know Before You Drill: The Pros of Knowing Where the Water Is Before You Drill a Well

There are a number of ways to determine where water is located on your property, but when it comes time to drill a well, there are only a few methods that will actually guarantee you a successful (and clean) yield. It may seem like an expensive and time consuming extra step, but choosing a professional water finding service that can site your water supply for you is essential. Here are just a few of the reasons it’s a good idea to know where the water is before you start drilling.

  • Timmy fell down the well? …Which one?

If you don’t know where your water is before you start drilling, you could end up with an extra well—or five. The down-side is that they will be dry, and that the well you finally end up with still might not be drawing from the most efficient or even the cleanest source on your property. This is a frustrating part of skipping the prep-work of drilling your well, but more than just adding time and expense to your bill, it also creates a significant safety hazard. Timmy didn’t fall down the well in Lassie just to be dramatic; the accident made the show because it’s a very real concern—especially when you have a number of “test” wells, or dry wells, scattered about your property. One well can be concerning enough for parents of overly mischievous children, but you at least want to know which well Timmy fell into when Lassie comes running.

  • The Whack-a-mole look is a little passé—not to mention overpriced.

In addition to the safety concern, it is also more than a little unsightly to have a property that is riddled with holes—and unless you are planning to start up a game of giant golf and open up your doors for the tourist dollars, there isn’t much practical use you can gain from the added expense of your failed wells.

  • Who turned out the lights?

Part of siting your property’s water source includes a bit of surveying, too. That means checking property plans and using seismoelectrics to explore where the best locations are to drill. Without that prep work, you could end up hitting a few of the less desirable things that may be buried underground—like electric wires, for instance, which would be extremely dangerous to run into unbeknownst, not to mention the cost of having to get someone out to restore power to your home or garage.

  • Old faithful is only charming when it’s water you end up covered in.

Of course, electric wires, phone lines, and even television and internet cables aren’t the only things that might get buried underground. If you aren’t careful, you could end up hitting an old sewage line—and no one wants to be the one who has to realize that it isn’t water raining down on them.

  • This water tastes funny.

There are a lot of places you can drill a well where you might get lucky and hit a water source—but you really shouldn’t. A professional water finding company can study the water sources on your property—and the potential sources of contamination that might be nearby—to make sure the water you end up drilling into is safe, healthy, and free from the contaminants of nearby roads, gardens, septic systems, barnyard wastes, or fuel tanks.

  • Becoming master of the five-second shower isn’t as cool as it’s cracked up to be.

Finally, when you drill a well, you aren’t just looking to hit water; you are looking to hit an adequate yield of water. A professional water finding company can help you determine how much water you need to draw from your well to satisfy the needs of your home or business, and can then help you site the most efficient, high quality, and high yielding source on your property.

American Water Surveyors can help you save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by using the most advanced water finding techniques to measure groundwater depths and yields, perform surface mapping, and thus effectively source clean, fresh, high-yielding groundwater supplies before you start drilling your well. It’s the best way to get the well you need without the hassle of excess drilling. Call us today to get started.

March 30, 2017 at 7:00 am Comments (0)

Well Drilling Technology: Sometimes It’s Not About the Machines

If you’re thinking about drilling a well, you’ll want to choose the right drilling technology in order to cause the least amount of damage to your property and to yield the highest amount of a fresh, clean water supply.

Most drillers identify themselves according to their method of drilling. There are cable drillers, auger drillers, mud rotary drillers, and environmental geotechnical drillers. Each method requires a unique set of tools, techniques and a specialized knowledge base. While many drillers adopt a singular method of drilling and become experts in that field, other drillers perform multiple methods of drilling, and can operate a variety of well drilling technologies.

Conscientious Drilling

As people become more aware of environmental issues, greater care is taken to develop well drilling technologies that will minimize damage to the earth. For example, an increasing number of companies are manufacturing “small footprint rigs” and power sources that require less fuel to operate and produce fewer emissions. These state-of-the-art eco-conscious technologies also tend to be more efficient and produce less noise, and have been proven to be safer to operate than other more traditional technologies.

Before you start drilling, it’s important that you do your research to get a sense of the history and geography of the area. Has a well even existed on the property before? Did it produce a clean and sustainable water source? What types of rock or sediments will you have to drill through?

Doing your research will not only help you decide which drilling technique to use, but it will also prevent you from drilling a well on land unlikely to yield a fresh and clean water source. This will save you time and money, and will also save on unnecessary damage and pollution to the environment. To know where the water is before you drill, and therefore save yourself time, money and hassles, contact American Water Surveyors.

New Advances

There are a number of new and amazing well drilling technologies out there today. Multiple researchers are finding ways to develop the coolest, most efficient, and most environmentally-friendly well-drilling technologies. Drillers now use lasers, plasma and even water jet rock cutting. A technology called hydropthermal spallation allows drillers to use a large, downhole burner, similar to a jet engine, to apply high heat to the rock face. Electrical plasma techniques are based on crushing rocks and other hard materials by the irradiation of plasma with – get this – temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Celsius! Many researchers and manufacturers are developing new and exciting well drilling technologies by mirroring the natural processes of the earth.

Our water locating equipment is just as technology-focused as these new and exciting drilling methods. No matter how great the method is, if you don’t know where the water is before you drill, you will waste money and time. Before you drill for water, contact us. For more information about American Water Surveyors, email info@wefindwater.com. You can also visit our website at www.wefindwater.com or call us at 877-SEISMOI (734-7661). We are more than happy to respond to all of your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you! Happy drilling!

March 9, 2017 at 11:02 am Comments (0)

Groundwater: The Facts You Need to Know

Are you looking at developing a plot of land, constructing a new home or building or installing a well? If so, you’ll know that something you have to consider is the presence, volume and quality of groundwater. Groundwater is present all around us and can affect land development, yet there are so many pervasive myths and misunderstandings about it. Here the top facts that you should know about groundwater.

Groundwater Fact #1: Groundwater is defined as water that occurs underground in cracks and pores in soil and rock, below the topsoil layer. Groundwater travels naturally via aquifers, which are geological formations in the ground.

Groundwater Fact #2: Groundwater is not the water found in rivers, lakes or other bodies of water. It only occurs in the aforementioned small spaces in the ground. It gets there when rain and melting snow and ice seep into the ground, beyond the top layers of soil.

Groundwater Fact #3: Some aquifers are so large they supply water to hundreds of thousands—and even millions—of people. For example, the Edwards aquifer in Texas supplies water for nearly two million people. The Mahomet Aquifer in Illinois supplies water to over 800,000 people.

Groundwater Fact #4: Humans are highly dependent on groundwater. Of all the water on earth, only 1 percent is available or suitable for human use, and of that 1 percent, 99 percent is groundwater. That’s a lot of groundwater that we’re using!

Groundwater Fact #5: Rural households are the most dependent on groundwater for drinking water than urban residents. This is because many rural homes rely on groundwater to supply their wells with water, though most wells are drilled or dug deep enough to also draw water from further below the groundwater level.

Groundwater Fact #6: Like water from any other source, groundwater may naturally contain unwanted substances and have to go through treatment before it’s deemed safe to drink. Some of the most common substances found naturally in groundwater include calcium, magnesium, salt and iron.

Groundwater Fact #7: Groundwater may also be contaminated because of human activity. Oil and chemical spills, pesticides and agricultural runoff can all cause groundwater to become unsafe for human use until it goes through a remediation process.

Groundwater Fact #8: Groundwater doesn’t just hydrate humans—it keeps bodies of water from going thirsty as well. Groundwater serves as a recharger for rivers and lakes, topping them up and helping to maintain levels.

These are just a few of the many interesting facts about groundwater. To learn more about groundwater, and the importance of knowing the volume, depth and yield of groundwater sources before you call the well drillers, visit American Water Surveyors today.

February 16, 2017 at 8:28 am Comments (0)

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